Good evening. FDL continues to cover the latest developments related to Occupy Wall Street. Those who are unaware of what happened over the past twelve to twenty four hours, here is a quick summary:
Early in the morning, some time around 7:30 am, the NYPD came over and on a megaphone said that the occupation had 5 minutes to take down any tarps that were put up overnight to keep everyone dry as it was raining. Those at the occupation site decided to hold a group meeting to discuss what to do, whether to comply and take down the tarps. The police did not give any warnings. There was no explanation or a second and third warning that if police orders were not obeyed people would be arrested. The NYPD entered the camp and picked out individuals arbitrarily.
Protesters took the tarps and used them to cover media equipment. The police came in and seized the tarps and made some more arrests. Media equipment was seized and the livestream of the occupation came to an end. Seven people were arrested. One person’s leg was injured and was transferred to the hospital. Civil rights lawyers showed up and NYCLU also indicated support for helping the occupation defend the continuation of the encampment.
Now, let’s resume the live blog. [And, here is the Twitter list I put together with people tweeting the latest on the action.]
LIVESTREAM FROM GLOBAL REVOLUTION
11:50 PM ET Report that police didn’t like it when occupation was using a projector. Doesn’t appear anything happened though, probably because a lawyer was on the scene.
11:45 PM ET Occupy Atlanta trying to get organized. Showing solidarity with not only Occupy Wall Street but also Troy Davis.
10:35 PM ET FDL user Cahokia has a list for more on Occupy Wall Street:
Large list of planned sept.17 activities worldwide. (mostly the planners FB page)
Personal blog: i.e. “I will be trekking cross-country with my own tent and outdated ink-pen”. Interviews, photos.
Story with daily updates.
Ha! Webpage asking for concert from Lupe for sept.17.
10:30 PM ET FDL user athena1 reports:
“Speaker just got out of a meeting with the International Workers of the World and they are ON BOARD and wanting to HELP! HUGE CHEERS! They will be joining them on thursday for a global day of action. Want to know if it’s ok for a speaker from the IWW to inform the GA on local labor struggles. Want someone to stop by 12:30 PM tomorrow to talk to GA. Want to bring workers to join them in a night march with their children for all to see the solidarity. MORE HUGE CHEERS. IWW has giving them the little red songbook and the little red coloring book.
‘Can the IWW join us?’ CHEERS!!! Giant IWW banner provided.”
9:50 PM ET Occupy Cleveland action being organized
9:45 PM ET Chat for organizing an occupation in LA in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
8:48 PM ET How to camouflage yourself from facial recognition technology from VentureBeat.com
8:40 PM ET About 500 protesters estimated to have been at the evening’s General Assembly. The police presence is said to have dwindled. Don’t know if the mobile communications truck still parked across from the park.
8:28 PM ET Individuals arrested are not being arraigned until 1 am. Meanwhile, 20 Occu-pies are being delivered every hour until they are all released. So, if you want pizza (cause there’s a lot of pizza to eat), get down to Liberty Park.
8:26 PM ET Occupy Chicago is trying to figure out what intersection they might go set up at to show solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. If an occupation gets up and running, it will be nice for the Chicago Police Department to give the world a preview of how they might handle protests during the NATO/G8 meeting in May 2012.
8:25 PM ET Occupy Wall Street has raised more than $10,000 for food. Needs to raise funds to purchase a generator. Here’s the link for donations.
7:30 PM ET Take a deep breath. Relax. It is okay, all. The Internet has not been shut down as if San Francisco’s BART has suddenly taken over. It is back up and was down for maintenance. No evidence it has anything to do with making sure the protesters cannot communicate to the world.
7:10 PM ET Facebook page to arrange carpools to Occupy Wall Street
7:00 PM ET Few activists claiming there is suddenly no longer Internet access in Liberty Park, meaning it was shut down. If this in fact happened, it is comparable to what BART in San Francisco did in August.
Earlier updates on Day Four from the day blog.
- Raw footage of arrests from today uploaded by @korgasm to YouTube
- Lawyer explains filing against police [this is why I am blogging this action and defend anyone trying to mount an occupation anywhere in the US]. Lawyer Sam Cohen says, “We believe what is going on here represents the core of freedom of expression/association guaranteed by the US Constitution.”
- Cornel West supports: